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Engineering, Health Occupations Academies for 9th, 10th graders coming to Nicolet College


Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011


Fun-filled, hands-on activities await Northwoods 9th and 10th graders enrolling in the upcoming Engineering and Health Occupations Academies at Nicolet College.

Both academies will run simultaneously for five consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. The academies will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nicolet’s Rhinelander Campus.

Each is designed to teach students engineering and health care skills and also give them a chance to explore careers in these fields along with learning skills they will need to be successful in college.

“Everything will be designed around hands-on activities that are fun for students,” said Susan Kordula, academy coordinator and director of Admissions and PK-16 Pathways at Nicolet College. “They’ll learn a wide variety of skills that will help them succeed in high school and also be better prepared academically when they start college.”

Students in the Engineering Academy will learn the engineering design process to define, build, and test solutions to a variety of engineering problems. Projects will teach students how to apply math and science skills and demonstrate the importance of communication when working as an engineer. Careers they’ll explore include those in the aerospace, electrical, manufacturing, architectural and mechanical engineering fields.

Those in the Health Occupations Academy will learn about and get to practice a wide variety of basic medical procedures on Nicolet’s new, high-tech patient simulator known as Meti-Man. This state-of-the-art, computerized mannequin can re-create hundreds of medical scenarios. Students will use critical thinking skills to work through different medical situations in a safe learning environment.

Tuition for each academy is $487, however, a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will cover all tuition costs for students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

For more information, or to register, students should contact their high school guidance counselors or Nicolet’s Susan Kordula at 715-365-4464, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4464, or by email at